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Forty-seven students from the Honors College at Southern Oregon University traveled to Portland recently, where they — along with approximately 1,000 other volunteers — participated in the Table For Two event held at Freeman Motor Company.

The students and other volunteers collectively packaged approximately 260,000 meals, each containing a nutritional combination of beans, rice, soy and vitamins. Half of the meals went to the Oregon Food Bank, while half are destined for Rwanda. Honors College at SOU students partnered with two service organizations, Numana and Africa New Life, which provided funding for the purchase of the bulk food supplies and transportation of the packaged food.

“An integral aspect of the Honors College curriculum is community service,” said Dr. Ken Mulliken, director of the Honors College at SOU. “In addition to being a learning experience, this was very meaningful service for these students.”

The Honors College at SOU, now in its second year, accepts students from every major and allows for a customizable academic plan. All qualifying students who are accepted into the Honors College receive a scholarship.

In addition to service to the community, Honors College students also learn outside of the classroom, working with community mentors, who are local professionals working in fields of interest to the students.

SOU is accepting applications now through Jan. 16 for the 2015 cohort of Honors College Scholars. High school seniors and graduates, as well as transfer students who have not progressed beyond their sophomore year of college, are eligible for consideration.

Priority consideration for admission into the Honors College will be given to those applicants who have a 1,200 combined critical reading and math SAT score with neither section below a 500, or a 27 overall ACT score with scores of at least 22 on both the math and English sections; and a cumulative GPA (high school and/or college) of 3.75 or higher, though Mulliken says students who don’t meet those qualifications are still encouraged to apply.

"We look at the totality of each applicant: their personal interests, skills, previous community service, hobbies, and more,” he said. “We want students who will not only succeed academically, but who will contribute to the various aspects of the Honors College experience.”

For more information, or to apply, prospective students can visit honorscollege.sou.edu.